Most of Americans say they have more confidence in German Chancellor Angela Merkel than US President Donald Trump, a new poll shows. Released Wednesday, the Pew Research survey demonstrated a 56-percent support for the German leader compared to 46 percent for the country’s commander in chief.
Sixty-four percent of the Democrats said they have more faith in Merkel while 89 percent of the Republicans opted for Trump. The figures were released as the German leader and the US president were to meet at the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. According to the survey, the majority of people from the rest of the G20 countries also have more confidence in Merkel than Trump.
The Republican president has distanced himself from European leaders by adopting a so-called “America first” policy rather than a global one. “While we are looking at the possibilities of cooperation to benefit everyone, globalization is seen by the American administration more as a process that is not about a win-win situation but about winners and losers,” Merkel recently said in an interview with a German publication.
On Monday, the two leaders “addressed climate issues, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Financing Initiative and trade, including global steel overcapacity,” according to the White House. After speaking with Trump at the Group of 7 (G7) summit recently, Merkel said Germany could no longer “completely depend” on the US as a partner.